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"Byolene": The 95-Octane Gasoline-Substitute Made Directly from Municipal Waste

Posted August 26, 2008 9:03 AM

From TreeHugger:

There have been a couple of developments recently from companies trying to turn feedstocks normally used to produce ethanol or biodiesel into gasoline instead. The obvious advantage of such a development is that the current fuel distribution system as well as the millions of automobiles, motorcycles and trucks already on the roads could be used as is. Towards that end, Bakersfield, California-based Byogy is the latest company to tout its biomass-to-gasoline process.

Biomass Turned Into Gasoline Cheaply

Developed in conjunction with the Texas Engineering Experiment Station (link no longer available; original article could be previously found at tees.tamu.edu), Byogy's claims its process can convert a wide range of biomass feedstocks directly into "Byolene", a 95-octane gasoline substitute at a cost of $1.70-2.00 per gallon.

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08/26/2008 9:29 AM

$1.70 per gallon????

That means I could fill my truck for about $39-$41 and my motorcycle for $5.10. My heart flutters to even think of that. Personally, every time gas drops, I have the "I'll get excited when it is $1.75 again" (knowing full well that it will never happen).

I am sure they will find some way to jack up the price to 3$2'75 - $3.00, once the gov't and distributors get their cut, but if this is for real, this is at least a good step which, hopefully, will allow us to develop alternative energy/fuels for real.

Using this as a solution and giving up other pursuits will get us right back where we are now, eventually.

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08/26/2008 11:11 PM

From the article,

"Do We Really Want Everlasting Life For Interstate Highways?
I don't want to overly poo-poo this development, because it is certainly interesting and a step in the right direction as far as greener fuels are concerned. However, as I said the last time someone announced a bio-gasoline which would allow us to just keep on trucking, albeit from a more green fuel source, I'm not so sure we ought to rush to perpetuate a transportation and civic infrastructure that is dependent on the automobile for its existence. Greater changes are required in the way we move goods around than simply switching fuels."

On one hand I can understand the attitude that can ask this question. I guess what bothers me is that this can (and often does) morph into an attitude of "let's not have any partial solutions because we (the really smart ones) can't trust other people (the really dumb ones) to continue to pursue the right course (according to us)". What I'm talking about (in case you didn't get it) is elitism, the same mentality that promotes every infringement on your and my rights to think for ourselves.

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08/27/2008 10:54 AM

jack up the price to 3$2'75

Looks like my hands didn't even know how to type $2.75 as they haven't had to do it for so long when talking about fuel costs.

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08/27/2008 1:27 AM

Just add your local and state taxes and your pretty close to 4 a gallon anyway

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08/27/2008 10:45 AM

You got that right!!!

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08/27/2008 12:43 PM

$2.00 per gallon, well what the hell are you waiting for? Start converting and make a heap of money, considering that Federal gasoline tax is 18.4 cents per gallon and the states add on anywhere between 16 cents and 32 cents per gallon makes this look like a great money maker considering retail gas prices are around $3.50 per gallon.

Oh, yeah, those little details that these articles like to omit. Distribution costs, retail mark-up etc. I just "love" how these folks forget that most of us are not able to purchase wholesale fuels without taxes.

I guess maybe the real (retail) cost of this fuel wouldn't be as attractive. Time to take off the green colored glasses and come back to the real world. Or is this just another green-hype venture capital money machine?

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08/27/2008 3:35 PM

$2.00 per gallon, well what the hell are you waiting for? Start converting and make a heap of money, considering that Federal gasoline tax is 18.4 cents per gallon and the states add on anywhere between 16 cents and 32 cents per gallon makes this look like a great money maker considering retail gas prices are around $3.50 per gallon.

You Probably Mean $2.50

Th retail mark up is only around $.05/gal

all to good to be true

I think ghvcmm

Shade tree has a good point, we need to figure out how to move goods & people more efficently!

In my dream world big rigs would never haul anything farther than 50 miles, Regional maunufacturing would make a comeback, convoys of magneticaly coupled cars would haul commuters....

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